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Rapid SARS-CoV-2 whole genome sequencing for informed public health decision making in the Netherlands

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Date: 25th April 2020 | Source: BioRxiv

Authors: Bas B. Oude Munnink, David F. Nieuwenhuijse, Mart Stein, Áine O’Toole, Manon Haverkate, Madelief Mollers, Sandra K. Kamga, Claudia Schapendonk, Mark Pronk, Pascal Lexmond, Anne van der Linden, Theo Bestebroer, Irina Chestakova, Ronald J. Overmars, Stefan van Nieuwkoop, Richard Molenkamp, Annemiek van der Eijk, Corine GeurtsvanKessel, Harry Vennema, Adam Meijer, Andrew Rambaut, Jaap van Dissel, Reina S. Sikkema, Aura Timen, Marion Koopmans, on behalf of the Dutch-Covid-19 response team.

SARS-CoV-2 is a novel coronavirus that has rapidly spread across the globe. In the Netherlands, the first case of SARS-CoV-2 has been notified on the 27th of February.

Here, we describe the first three weeks of the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak in the Netherlands, which started with several different introductory events from Italy, Austria, Germany and France followed by local amplification in, and later also, outside the South of the Netherlands.

The timely generation of whole genome sequences combined with epidemiological investigations facilitated early decision making in an attempt to control local transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in the Netherlands.

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